Roman Quinn is more accustomed to being on the IL than he is to being on a baseball field, which is unfortunate. The young outfielder has all the skills to be a quality major league player, but they’re wrapped in an eggshell-like covering. After having his return delayed because he was hit by a pitch during his rehab, Quinn was activated by the Phillies and is in the lineup for Monday night’s game in Washington, D.C.
This season alone, Quinn opened the season on the IL with an oblique strain and a week after being activated, was back on the IL with a groin strain. In other seasons, Quinn was sidelined by a fractured wrist, a ruptured Achilles tendon, a strained quad, a concussion, sprained elbow at least three oblique strains and a sprained finger just to mention a few. The Achilles injury came during the offseason when he was rehabbing from the wrist fracture.
Over parts of three seasons, Quinn has managed to play in 72 major league games and has stolen 15 bases in 20 attempts while batting .244/.318/.357 with the Phillies.
Meanwhile, another pitcher winds up on the IL with biceps tendinitis. Eickhoff opened the season on the IL recovering from offseason surgery to repair carpal tunnel syndrome in his right wrist. He made his debut on April 16th against the Mets, throwing four shutout innings. Early on, Eickhoff was impressive and had a 1.50 ERA after eight shutout innings against St. Louis on May 8th. Since then though his ERA has risen after every appearance and he was removed from the starting rotation after an especially rough outing against Arizona on June 10th. On Sunday, he made his first relief appearance and allowed five earned runs in an inning of work and he has allowed 18 home runs in his last 28 1/3 innings of work. On the season, his ERA is 5.71 and he is carrying a 3-4 record with Philadelphia.
Manager Gabe Kapler reported on Monday that Eickhoff has battled discomfort for the last three weeks.
In corresponding moves, Nick Williams (1-4-.221/.259/.480 in 50 G) was optioned back to Lehigh Valley to make room for Quinn. Edgar Garcia (1-0, 7.36, 16 G) was recalled for his second stint in the majors. Garcia was just optioned back to Lehigh Valley on Sunday when Pat Neshek was activated from the IL, but returns without having to wait the normal 10 days because of the injury to Eickhoff.